OREA is on the job all year long. We represent the interests of retired teachers at the legislature, the governor's office, retirement and health insurance boards, state pension commission, and more. OREA listens to you and gives voice to your needs and concerns. Opportunities for active involvement are afforded to members eager to participate in OREA's advocacy programs.
Well the dust is starting to settle at 23rd and Lincoln—well figuratively that is. Construction and renovation are still going on, so the dust is literally still flying. Perhaps it’s metaphorical in relation to the state budget—the dust may still be flying if there are parties that choose to file a suit with the Oklahoma Supreme Court related to the legality of revenue raising measures passed within the last five days of the legislative session. You may have read or seen media coverage on this issue. Rumors are circulating that groups are already preparing to file suit.
Here is the good news: considering that the state budget for 2018 is basically “flat,” that a few entities are being maintained at last year’s funding levels, some agencies are being cut four to six percent, a couple are being “zeroed out,” the TRS and the other public pension